March 28, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas - Auburn got scoring performances from a pair of individuals and two relays, including setting the school record in the 800 freestyle relay, during the second day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The 200 medley relay team of Joe Patching (21.68), Michael Duderstadt (23.65), Marcelo Chierighini (20.17) and Kyle Darmody (18.37) finished third in the event at 1:23.87, cutting nearly a second off their prelim time (1:24.84) from the morning session to start the finals.
The back half of the relay turned in fast splits to move Auburn up as Chierighini went 20.1 in the fly and Darmody closed the race with an 18.3 anchor split, the fastest of the night in the freestyle.
Auburn's time in the 200 medley relay is the fastest swim by the Tigers in the event at the NCAA Championships since 2009, when the team of Jared White, Michael Silva, Matt Targett and Gideon Loew set the then-U.S. Open and NCAA record (1:22.36) back in 2009.
"It was a great night, we missed a couple of opportunities in the morning, but capitalized and made the most out of every opportunity tonight," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "You want to see fight and belief out of your team, the boys believed tonight."
"It was a great medley relay to start off, we haven't swam that time in a few years now. Having three freshman on that relay is really exciting. And Kyle Darmody swimming 18.3 at the end is just unheard of," Hawke said.
In the 100 breast consolation final, Duderstadt swam the third-fastest time in Auburn history at 52.54 to finish fourth (12th overall). The freshman's time moved past former Tiger Dave Denniston's mark of 52.62 from 2001.
"Michael's a freshman, but he's got a huge future ahead of him," Hawke said of the rookie. "I'm very happy for his personal best tonight."
The Tigers capped off the night by setting the school in the 800 freestyle relay, lowering the mark to 6:17.29 as the team of James Disney-May, Zane Grothe, Darmody and Arthur Mendes bested their previous time set back at the SEC Championships in February (6:17.36).
"To finish the night off with a school record was great, the boys were really determined. I'm really proud of the way they performed tonight," Hawke said.
Disney-May led off the race with a 1:14.12 split, which ranks as the second-best mark in the 200 free in school history, missing the record set by former Tiger and Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who's time of 1:33.80 from 1981 still stands at the top of the charts.
In diving, John Santeiu IV finished 11th overall on the 3-meter springboard to score for the second straight day. The senior posted a personal best in his final time on the board, taking third in the consolation final with a 411.60 to earn his second All-America selection of the week.
"I thought based on what John was doing in prelims, he should have been in the finals. But, nonetheless it's a personal best in his last 3-meter event of his collegiate career," Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "I'm really proud of him, he handled being ninth in the prelims better than I did. Tomorrow's our day with John and Fraser competing on tower."
Heading into the final day of competition, Auburn sits in eighth place with 121 points in the team standings, 14.5 behind seventh-place Arizona. Texas leads the field with 318.5, followed by California with 312.5 points. Florida is third with 279 points, Michigan is fourth with 225 points and Georgia ranks 5th with 200.
The third day of action begins on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT with day three of prelims in Austin, Texas. You can watch on TexasSports.com and follow along with live results on AuburnTigers.com. Saturday night's finals will be available on WatchESPN/ESPN3.
Saturday's preliminaries include the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay. Platform diving prelims will begin at 1:30 p.m. and timed finals of the 1,650-yard freestyle will take place in the afternoon.
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Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
NCAA Men's Championships - Day 2 Finals
March 28, 2014
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center - Austin, Texas
Team Standings (Top 10): Texas 318.5, California 312.5, Florida 279, Michigan 225, Georgia 200, USC 140, Arizona 135.5, Auburn 121, Stanford 117, Florida State 96.
200 Medley Relay
3. Patching, Duderstadt, Chierighini, Darmody (1:23.87)
12. Michael Duderstadt (52.24)
11. John Santeiu (411.60) (PR)
800 Freestyle Relay
7. Disney-May, Grothe, Darmody, Mendes (6:17.29) (School Record)
Auburn All-Americans (16)
Marcelo Chierighini (3) - 200 FR, 50 free HM
Kyle Darmody - (2) - 200 FR, 800 FR
James Disney-May (2) - 200 FR, 800 FR
Michael Duderstadt (2) - 200 medley relay HM, 100 breast HM
Zane Grothe (2) - 500 free HM, 800 FR
TJ Leon (1) - 200 FR
Fraser McKean (1) - 1-meter HM
Arthur Mendes (1) - 800 FR
John Santeiu IV - (2) - 1-meter HM, 3-meter HM
- Auburn senior diver John Santeiu set a personal record with a score of 411.60 in the 3-meter consolation. His previous best (400.28) came in a dual meet at LSU on Nov 2, 2013. He earned his fifth All-America selection with his performance.
- Auburn's time of 1:23.87 is the fastest time by the Tigers in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships since 2009, which set the then-U.S. Open and NCAA record.
- Freshman Michael Duderstadt's 52.24 in the 100 breast B-final ranks as the third-best swim in school history. Duderstadt passed former Tiger Dave Denniston (52.62).
- Senior James Disney-May's leadoff split of 1:14.12 on the 800 freestyle relay, was the second-best 200 freestyle time in school history behind Rowdy Gaines' 1:33.80.
- Auburn lowered its school record in the 800 freestyle relay to 6:17.29. The previous record was 6:17.36 set at the 2014 SEC Championships.